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Coming Soon: Movie Posters for Those Films Inside Our Heads

Attention dedicated film buffs: have you seen Saul Bass’s other sci-fi feature, Rendezvous with Rama? How about Luis Bunuel’s supernatural Las Fotografias? Or that low-budget thriller by Alfred Hitchcock’s nephew, Oh Shit, Bees!? Of course you haven’t. They only exist in print form, as part of “Coming Soon,” an L.A. exhibition of designs for...

San Diego Comic-Con: My "13 Highlights" List

Mega-hype for upcoming B-movies! Appearances by genre TV show actors! Geeks wearing gaudy, scanty costumes! Steven Spielberg! Francis Ford Coppola! Vampires! Now that that crap’s out of the way, here’s my real report on last week’s San Diego Comic-Con: a “top dozen or so” list, with respect to comics(!) and graphics. All photos taken...

The Gold Age of Movie Posters

Bill Gold designed hundreds of movie posters – many memorable, some classic, lots, well, like the films themselves, forgettable.  The masterpieces, however, are “Casablanca,” “Dirty Harry,” “The Wild Bunch,”  “My Fair Lady” and one of my favorites, “Unforgiven.” Gold, 90, spent six decades creating posters and retired in 2004. “He laments the low expectations...

The Orange and the Blues

It’s creeping through our theaters and refuses to buckle. It’s artistically hampered, generic, and more common than a car chase through San Francisco that ends with the lovers kissing in a downpour. But I’m not talking about the slavish onslaught of sequels and mindless remakes. No. I’m talking about the criminal use of the...